What is it about?
A set of standardized measures was completed by 62 inpatients in a hospital trauma program specializing in PTSD and dissociative disorders. Almost all patients met criteria for the dissociative subtype of PTSD (a DSM-5 diagnosis), complex PTSD (an ICD-11 diagnosis), or a complex dissociative disorder. Further research is needed, but the results suggest that: 1) complex PTSD, the dissociative subtype of PTSD and dissociative disorders overlap a great deal and may often describe the same clinical picture, and 2) criteria for the dissociative subtype of PTSD in DSM-5 should be expanded to include a wider range of dissociative symptoms.
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Why is it important?
Symptom criteria for the dissociative subtype of PTSD in DSM-5 should be expanded to include a wider range of symptoms. This would help professionals better understand the major role of dissociation in PTSD, which is still under-recognized. If the symptom criteria for dissociative PTSD were expanded as suggested, most individuals with PTSD would have the dissociative type, which would no longer be a subtype.
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This page is a summary of: The symptom criteria for the dissociative subtype of posttraumatic stress disorder., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, November 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
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